Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Vaccination Information for Healthcare Providers
Shingrix is the preferred shingles vaccine. You and patients should make every effort to ensure that two doses are administered within the recommended 2-6 month interval. If more than 6 months have elapsed since the first dose, administer the second dose as soon as possible. Do not restart the vaccine series, and do not substitute Zostavax® (zoster vaccine live) for the second dose of Shingrix. If you are out of Shingrix and a patient needs a second dose, the Vaccine Finder may be helpful for patients to locate other providers who have Shingrix.
Shingrix Information for Healthcare Professionals
CDC recommends Shingrix (recombinant zoster vaccine), as the preferred vaccine, over Zostavax® (zoster vaccine live), a shingles vaccine in use since 2006. Healthy adults 50 years and older should get two doses of Shingrix, 2 to 6 months apart.
For healthcare providers: Protect your patients with the new shingles vaccine
This fact sheet [2 pages] describes who should get the new shingles vaccine as well as the benefits and side effects.
Zostavax Information for Healthcare Providers
CDC still recommends Zostavax® for healthy adults 60 years and older to prevent shingles. This shingles vaccine may be used in certain cases, such as when a person prefers Zostavax, is allergic to Shingrix, or requests immediate vaccination and Shingrix is unavailable.
- Page last reviewed: May 31, 2018
- Page last updated: August 22, 2018
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